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Tango0105 Nov 2020 4:06 p.m. PST

"The Coloured Corps, a British unit comprised of black troops, fought with distinction against the Americans, both at Queenston Heights and Fort George. From their perspective, the stakes were high: they fought not just to defend their homes but to preserve their freedom.

"Did our coloured brethren hail [the Americans'] approach? No! On the contrary, they hastened as volunteers … to be foremost to defend the glorious institutions of Great Britain."

Early in 1812, a black settler in Upper Canada who had fought against the Americans during the War of Independence proposed that General Issac Brock raise a contingent of black soldiers to fight for the British Army in Canada. Brock initially turned down the offer. But as he became increasingly desperate for volunteers, he reversed course. Brock ultimately formed "Captain Runchey's Company of Coloured Men." The company bore the name of its white officer, Robert Runchey, who had a poor reputation throughout the British Army…"
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